Ramos: I'm not negotiating with anyone

The Real Madrid defender was blunt when asked whether he were in talks to join Manchester United or extend his current contract

Sergio Ramos has issued a curt response to questions over his future, telling reporters “I’m not negotiating with anyone”.

Reports in Spain have suggested Ramos’ relationship with Madrid president Florentino Perez has reached breaking point amid persistent talk of a potential move to Manchester United.

United retain an interest in the 29-year-old defender as discussions continue over the future of David de Gea, who is wanted by Madrid this summer, but there is belief in some quarters that Ramos is angling for a greater pay packet from his current employers.

However, when pressed by reporters at a wedding in Seville, Ramos was keen to stress he is not currently holding talks with either club.

“I’m not negotiating with anyone,” he told Cuatro, having previously offered a simple “all is well”.

The World Cup-winner then declined to respond when pressed on whether he will stay at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

Ramos has spent 10 years with Real Madrid since joining from Liga rivals Sevilla, claiming 10 major trophies in that time.

Rojo: Van Gaal will bring back trophies to Manchester United

The defender was instantly impressed by the Dutchman last summer and has no doubt that he is too much of “a winner” to fail to land the club’s first silverware since 2012-13


Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has no doubt that manager Louis van Gaal will bring back glory to Old Trafford.

After David Moyes’s ill-fated succession of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Dutchman took over last summer and led the Red Devils back into the Champions League at the first time of asking.

His next goal is to secure United’s first silverware since 2012-13 but Rojo, one of the boss’ first signings at Old Trafford, has seen enough to be certain that it will come.

The Argentina international told the press: “Louis van Gaal will be successful at Manchester United. He will win trophies. For me, that’s not even a question.

“From the first training session he took, we could tell he was a winner. He’s very demanding. He’s not only looking to improve the team but also looking to improve you as an ­individual – he made me a better player.

“Being demanding and asking a lot is a sign of a real winner and it will only be a short time before Manchester United are winning trophies again.

“When we’re out socially he’s a funny guy, always making jokes, but, when it comes to the success of the team, business is business. That’s why he commands so much respect from his players.”

Rojo also backed his club and international colleague, Angel Di Maria, to shine after a tough first season at United following his British-record transfer from Real Madrid.

“People forget Di Maria last season was adapting to a new league,” the defender noted. “They just saw a big transfer fee and maybe didn’t think about England being very different from Spain – it’s a lot more ­physical.

“He’s one of the best in the world and, on his day, can do things like [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo. That’s the level he’s on. I’m sure, this coming season, we will see very special things from him.”

'Chelsea the team to beat in Premier League' – Neville

Despite their title rivals all strengthening, Jose Mourinho & Co. remain favourites to win the title again next season, according to the former Manchester United defender


Gary Neville says Chelsea are favourites for the Premier League title this season.

Jose Mourinho’s side finished the previous campaign eight points clear of Manchester City to be crowned champions for the first time since 2010 and have since signed Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan.

Chelsea’s rivals have been busy in the transfer market, with Petr Cech moving to Arsenal, Manchester United signing Memphis Depay and Liverpool making six new signings, including Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings.

However, Neville cannot see past Mourinho’s men, though admits the transfer window could yet change matters with the season start still five weeks away.

“We’re in July when teams haven’t completed their business yet; that’s something I think you’ve got to be very careful about at this stage,” he told Sky Sports News.

“But as I stand here today, I think it would be very difficult to look to past Chelsea. However, who knows what is going to happen in the next month in terms of signings and how those signings will then come in and adapt.

“Things can always happen and you could look at a team in a month’s time and think ‘they’re going to take some stopping with the people they’ve signed’, we haven’t seen the transfer market flush itself out yet.

“But certainly now, without the business having been done, you aren’t as informed as you’d like to be, but Chelsea would be the team to beat and I think everyone would say that.”

Di Maria: Argentina want to become legends

The winger says Gerard Martino’s men are determined to rectify the fact that the Albiceleste have not been South American champions since 1993

Angel Di Maria says he and his Argentina team-mates want to become legends by winning Copa America 2015.

The Albiceleste have won the tournament 14 times but they have not lifted the trophy since 1993.

However, Argentina will play hosts Chile in the final in Santiago on Saturday and Di Maria has revealed how Gerardo Martino’s men are desperate to cement their place in their country’s proud footballing history.

“Reaching a final is something very important, so we have to rise to the occasion,” he is quoted as saying by Marca on the eve of the tournament decider.

“We must carry on working hard because it’s what’s needed to reach our goal.

“Getting to the final is no walk in the park and we have made history in doing so.

“But now we want to become legends. Hopefully, we can pull it off.”

Di Maria arrived in Chile on the back of a difficult debut season at Manchester United, but he insisted that he is now brimming with belief again after bagging two goals in Argentina’s 6-1 demolition of Paraguay in the Copa semi-finals.

“In attack, things hadn’t been working out for me, but now, after scoring, I’m happy about a job well done and the goals,” the winger added.

Fenerbahce near deal for Nani

The Manchester United winger will move to the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in a matter of days, with the Turkish giants confirming a medical will take place on Sunday


Fenerbahce have announced they are nearing a deal for Manchester United winger Nani.

The Turkish Super Lig side say they have agreed a transfer fee with the Red Devils for the Portuguese midfielder and that he is due to arrive for a medical on Sunday.

The club posted a statement on their official website, reading: “Fenerbahce Club Football Department has began the negotiations with Luis Nani and Manchester United for the transfer.

“Nani will come to Istanbul on 5 July and will undergo medical examinations. The negotiations will continue in Istanbul”

The 28-year-old impressed on loan last season at Sporting, scoring 12 goals in 35 appearances, but does not appear to have done enough to convince Louis van Gaal to retain his services for the 2015-16 season.

Nani has made over 200 appearances for United since joining the club from Sporting Lisbon in 2007 in a £17 million deal.